HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 198        FILED ON: 1/8/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1163

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Cleon H. Turner

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to affordable housing condominium fees and uses.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Date Added:

Cleon H. Turner

1st Barnstable

 

Timothy R. Madden

Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket

 

 


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 198        FILED ON: 1/8/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1163

By Mr. Turner of Dennis, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1163) of Cleon H. Turner and Timothy R. Madden relative to fees in condominium developments that contain mixed affordable and market rate condominium units.  Housing.

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 388 OF 2011-2012.]

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to affordable housing condominium fees and uses.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

SECTION 1. Chapter 40B of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding at the end thereof the following new section:

Section XXX.  Condominium and association fees in condominium developments that contain mixed affordable and market rate condominium units shall not increase more than 3 per cent per year for any unit in such mixed occupancy development that is maintained as an affordable unit under Chapter 40B of the General Laws.

(a)  Any vote taken by the condominium owners or owners’ association that raises the condominium fee above 3 per cent in any calendar year shall not be binding on the owner of the affordable units.

(b) Any vote taken by the condominium owners or owners’ association that proposes to add an amenity to the condominium complex that is not an essential amenity shall not require the owners of the affordable units within the complex to contribute to the construction or maintenance of such amenities. Nothing in this section shall prevent any owner of an affordable unit within such condominium development from voluntarily participating in the construction and maintenance fees for non essential amenities.

(c) No owner of an affordable unit in a mixed occupancy condominium development shall be required to pay attorney’s fees to the owners’ association or other owners for challenging or defending against the actions of an owners’ association unless the affordable owner loses the challenge and the rule, regulation or by-law attempting to be enforced against the affordable owner addresses the health, safety or welfare of the condominium development as a whole.

The purpose of this section is to ensure that affordable condominium units, including the costs and fees related to such units do not increase to a level that would cause such unit ownership to be unaffordable.